Thursday 25 June 2009

Another Nail In Gordon's Coffin..?

A £1million Government scheme to help failed asylum seekers return home resulted in just one family leaving the UK.

A scathing report from the Children's Society says the scheme, which ran for less than a year, failed because government officials did not seem to know what it was for or how to run it.
That sounds about right, frankly…
A centre run by the charity Migrant Helpline was supposed to process 260 families in a year but in reality it dealt with only 13 - only one of which was returned to its native country.

Set up in November 2007, the centre did not take in anyone until January last year and it was closed down a month before its planned 12-month span.
Hmm, I suspect this project succeeded in at least one of its objectives then.
That one being to ensure a nice (if short lasting) sinecure for somebody.

And yes, as Mark Wadsworth points out, it’s yet another fakecharity.
Lisa Nandy of the Children's Society said: 'The project was mismanaged from start to finish. The money would have been well spent - it's just a real scandal that the opportunity was missed.

'Unfortunately when the UK Border Agency set the project up they had no clear objectives or evaluation criteria so they didn't know actually what it was they were trying to achieve.'
You wouldn’t think anything complicated was needed, would you?

I mean, ‘assist illegal families to vacate the country’. It’s not rocket science…
'There was a substantial amount of confusion, even among UK Border Agency officials themselves about what the pilot was intended to achieve. Many people didn't actually know about the pilot.'
Could that possibly be because the UK Border Agency is yet another example (as with the disastrous merger of HM Customs and the Inland Revenue) of Gordon Brown’s idea of decision-making, whereby a new department is cobbled together like some Frankensteinian monster and then set free to wander, leaderless, sowing destruction and confusion in its wake?

Rather than look at why the existing departments aren’t working, and doing the necessary work to get them back on track?
The chairman of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee Keith Vaz said the pilot had been 'a waste of money' because it was applied to families who had been in the UK waiting for a decision on their asylum claim for as long as 10 years, rather than intervening earlier in the process.
And how come we have people waiting 10 years to be kicked out?

Shouldn’t that be tackled in the first place, before we start looking at ‘assistance’ for the others?
Migrant Helpline insisted today that the Kent project had not been a waste of time.

'There was a huge amount of learning that came out of that pilot and we hope that learning will be put to good use,' said deputy chief executive Roy Millard.
But surely this project will never be repeated?

I mean, who on earth would allow them to waste another £1 million by trying agai…

A UK Border Agency spokesman said: 'Keeping families out of detention remains a priority.

He told BBC News that a new project in Glasgow was 'building on what we learnt from our experiences in Kent'.


Anonymous said...

Not fantastically surprising, though, is it when you consider that the UK Border Agency and other local and national government organisations wholly fund the quango which helps to keep asylum seekers (and possibly others) in Britain.

I'm not kidding, this is gamekeepers financing the poachers time, and it's all there for all the world to see.

I wouldn't bet on this helping to turf Mister Brown out, though.
He seems to be indestructible - staggering from one colossal screw-up to the next one and from which he is perfectly positioned to rescue us having got us into it in the first place, and still surviving.

Talk about Frankenstein, I think we're going to need the garlic and crucifixes with this one.

Letters From A Tory said...

I had no faith in our immigration and asylum system before this story, and I had even less than 'no faith' now.

Umbongo said...

There's an even better way: why doesn't the UKBA copy the Warwickshire police and hold parties for illegal immigrants to improve relations between the UKBA and the "illegal community" and thereby encourage the UKBA to learn valuable cultural lessons? That way, the state can cut out the fake charity middlemen and have its "enforcement" branch deal direct with its "clients" to the continuing disadvantage, outrage and expense of the legal indigenous community.

Bodwyn Wook said...

There is a lot of drool & phraseology among these State Liberalists. Over here, one of the gag-lines is "...moving forward." These dipshits are FOREVER "moving forward," (like faeces in a toob) and STILL nothing changes. The presence of such doubletalk is the giveaway, and when you hear Republicans talking the same way, well, you know anyway that those bastards ain't conservative, either.

Over there, you have this endless parade of sonsofbitch all braying like jackasses, about: 'lessons'. Lessons learnt, or about to be learnt, or (for all I know) about to be stuffed up someone's duff.

Ross said...

"A £1million Government scheme "

Whenever someone proposes cuts to government spending we ara always told that Schoolsnhospitals will have to face cutbacks, never schemes like this.

JuliaM said...

"..this is gamekeepers financing the poachers time.."

Good point!

"...why doesn't the UKBA copy the Warwickshire police and hold parties for illegal immigrants to improve relations between the UKBA and the "illegal community".."

Because it'd put said quangos out of a job? ;)

"Over here, one of the gag-lines is "...moving forward.""

Oh, indeed. I've seen that particular little bit of meaningless jargon here too...

"Whenever someone proposes cuts to government spending we ara always told that Schoolsnhospitals will have to face cutbacks, never schemes like this."

Indeed. These are considered inviolate.

Angry Exile said...

[Sings] Oh Julia...

If I come back can I have a million pounds to go away again?

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